Monday, February 8, 2016

Yen Liang’s Happy New Year

J.B. Lippincott Company, 1961
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Right: Paperback cover

Today is the first day of the Year of the Monkey, 4714.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Yen Liang’s The Skyscraper

J.B. Lippincott Company, 1958
selected pages
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Saturday Review
page 42: The Skyscraper. Written and illustrated Yen Liang. Lippincott, $2.95.
The various steps in the construction of a great building, a skyscraper, are shown in brief text and large, dramatic drawings. The planning stage brings together bankers and architects, engineers and construction experts; the building stage includes demolition, excavation, installation of services, and concrete and steel work; the final stage shows people living and working with adequate space and conveniences. A secondary theme of this book points up the advantages of city planning and rehabilitation of slum areas. Though in picture-book format, the illustrations will attract children of all ages who are fascinated as they watch the buildings that are going up on almost any street in almost any town across the country. — F. L. S.

The Horn Book Magazine
Volume 35, 1959
page 32: Yen Liang, Author-Illustrator
The Skyscraper
48 pp. 8 1/4” x 10 3/4"
Lippincott 2.95
A spacious picture book describes with imagination the changes in an old city after citizens have decided that “buildings one on top of the other” shall replace the small ones crowding narrow streets. The two-color drawings, which indicate many steps and machines used in erecting a great skyscraper, will naturally captivate children. Created by a well-known artist-architect who shared in the planning of the United Nations building in New York. V.H.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Yen Liang’s The Pot Bank

Oxford University Press, 1956
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Saturday Review
January 1956
The Pot Bank. By Liang Yen, Lippincott, $2. This delightful picture book of a visit to a Chinese fair was written and illustrated by Liang Yen, a New York architect who grew up in China. The illustrations in blue and rust depict the many things which Dee-dee and his sister Bao did at the  air which funds from their “pot bank” (piggy bank) made possible. Although intended for preschool pupils, the book will prove useful in elementary-grade study of China because of the authentic pictures of typical dress and activities. Sturdily bound. — Mary P. Douglas.

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